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Sandra Yi ReportingIt's a long-standing tradition: camping out for the Days of '47 Parade. Police could change that, though.
People have been camping out since early this morning, just to get the best spots, which is anywhere in the shade.
Parade goer Nancy Ashby said, "For those of us that love to come to the parade, it's a little bit of a hardship to be here all day long, but we've got family that loves to come, and we enjoy being here. And in order to get a good place, we have to play the game."
She says that means snagging a spot early. Ashby says she staked out the best shady spots for a week and has been out here since 7:00 this morning.
Many others had the same idea. We saw people roping off areas along the parade route and pitching tents. Police say those parade goers are breaking the law. According to the public parade regulations, no one can reserve or occupy a spot along the route before 8 p.m. of the day before the event.
Salt Lake City police detective Jared Wihongi says, "If people are already doing that before the allotted time, which is from 8 p.m. until the parade itself, then there's the potential for them to be issued a citation."
Parade goers say that in past years officers haven't enforced the time restriction, and that's why people come out earlier and earlier each year.
About 250 police officers will begin patrolling the parade route this evening, and a spokesperson for the department says officers will be asking parade goers to move. If they refuse to do so, they will be cited.
Officers will also be out looking for other safety violations and doing traffic control. They say people camping out overnight should take the same precautions they would anytime they're in a public place, which includes being aware of your surroundings and not leaving any valuables out.